THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL ★★★★
When mash-ups do not work, they’re shambolic: incoherent and by-product. However after they do work? What enjoyable! From the quicksilver pen of Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Ladies, Bunheads) comes this completely pleasant comedy – with dramatic bits – that brings a distinctly 21st century sensibility to a beautiful 1950s setting full with present tunes, slapstick, and the witty fast-talking Sherman-Palladino is legendary for.
The collection follows the sometimes-screwball, sometimes-tragicomic adventures of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, an Higher West Aspect housewife whose husband Joel (businessman by day, struggling slapstick comedian by night time) cheats on her together with his secretary. After a few cocktails Midge takes to the comedy stage herself to vent her spleen and a star is – form of – born.
Rachel Brosnahan has deservedly received each an Emmy and a Golden Globe (together with a few different trinkets) for her portrayal of Mrs Midge Maisel however – as with all Sherman-Palladino’s work – a wonderful solid of distinctive, quirky feminine characters all contribute to our pleasure (Alex Borstein as Mrs Maisel’s would-be supervisor, Susie Myerson, is particularly fabulous). And the manufacturing is the final phrase in lush, a fantasy of the late 1950s and early ’60s that is inconceivable to withstand. It is the right technique to laze away the summer time and neglect your workaday blues and two scrumptious seasons can be found to binge proper now.